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IBM President Jim Whitehurst’s 10 Boldest Remarks From Best Of Breed Virtual 2020

“I come from the airline industry,” said Whitehurst. “They say planes don’t have rearview mirrors. If you’re moving forward, it doesn’t matter what’s behind you.”

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Red Hat vs VMware

Whitehurst isn’t worried about enterprise stalwarts VMware and Hewlett Packard Enterprise challenging IBM subsidiary Red Hat, the company he led until recently, in the all-important Kubernetes market.

“Dell is trying to make this next-generation cloud-native an extension of VMware and vSphere,” Whitehurst said, referring to vSphere 7, the first release of the industry’s leading virtualization platform to incorporate container orchestration technology.

“The entire operating model for how you build and run applications for a virtual machine is fundamentally different than how you do it in a more cloud-native, stateless way.”

“It’s not that you can’t plug the technology in … VMware is showing you can. But if you’re not changing the whole operating model, you’re not getting the value out of it.”

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